TikTok Famous Grinder Sandwich


This Grinder Sandwich recipe gained huge popularity on TikTok last year, and it’s easy to see why. Packed with various meats, cheeses, and a signature creamy Grinder salad, it’s a flavor blast. Assembling on a sliced Italian sandwich loaf with Calabrian chili paste, tomato, onion, and heaps of freshly grated parmesan.


In simple terms, a grinder sandwich is a large, New England-style hero that can be either hot or cold. My recipe leans towards the hot variety, featuring an abundance of meat, cheese, and a crispy, tangy, and creamy salad. The TikTok-famous Grinder salad sandwich typically includes this spicy salad, suitably of freshly grated parmesan, juicy tomato slices, and extra onion.


The name of the “grinder” sandwich is not clear, many people believe that it refers to grinding your teeth and the jaw needed to handle such heavy sandwiches. Alternatively, some speculate that it could be related to the Dokeworkers from the Italian-American slag trim, who were grinding and sanding boat hulls, known as grinders Despite the unclear origin, what is certain is that it is an incredibly tasty sandwich.


While there are variations, every Grinder sandwich comprises a mix of meats (usually Italian), cheese (often more than one type), and the essential creamy Grinder salad. Sliced tomato, onion, and a mountain of freshly grated parmesan complete the ensemble.


Grinder Sandwich Recipes Or How to Make a Grinder Sandwich

  1. Make the salad: Soak the onion in water to reduce bitterness.
  1. Prepare creamy dressing: toss the iceberg lettuce with mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, oregano, crushed red pepper, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Add the flavoring ingredients: Mix in cut-off papers and red onions.
  3. Submit Sandwich: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F in advance. Spread Calabrian chili paste on both sides of a sliced Italian sandwich loaf.

5. Layer the Goodies: Top half with salami, spicy pepperoni, and prosciutto; the other half with Colby jack and Havarti cheeses

  1. Bake: Bake for 5 minutes until the meat is warm, and the cheese is a Melt.
  2. Finish with salad: add salads, tomato pieces, more onions, and Parmesan. Cut it, and it’s ready to enjoy.

TIPS AND TRICKS OF Grinder Sandwich Tiktok

Preparation: You can assemble the sandwich ahead and refrigerate it, popping it in the oven when ready. However, the salad is best fresh.
Pork-Free Option: Use beef salami, skip prosciutto, and substitute with turkey.
Salad Bliss: The Grinder salad stands out. Try it separately with a protein-like chicken for a delightful alternative.

Grinder Sandwich Ingredients

1/2 small head of iceberg lettuce
1/4 medium red onion
1/3 cup sliced cherry peppers (or banana peppers)
2 tablespoons sliced green olives (optional)
1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large or 2 medium submarine sandwich rolls
4 to 6 slices of provolone cheese
6 to 8 slices of ham or turkey
4 to 6 slices of salami
3 to 4 slices prosciutto
1 medium tomato, sliced
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese


Prepare Salad Topping: Chop lettuce and slice red onion. Add cherry peppers, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Broil Cheese: Split roll(s) in half, place on a baking sheet, layer with cheese, and broil until melted.
Layer Meats and Tomato: Top melted cheese with ham, salami, prosciutto, and tomato.
Add Salad and Parmesan: Top with salad mixture and grated Parmesan. Close the sandwich, slice if desired, and serve immediately.


Salad: Store the leftover salad in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Preparation: If assembling ahead, skip melting cheese and toasting the bread. Wrap the topped roll in the fridge, add salad before serving

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